Romance And History Abound At Holman Ranch

Romance and history abound at Holman Ranch, a vintage Carmel Valley property adorned with ancient oaks, hillside vineyards, olive groves, a stone hacienda and spectacular views from every vantage point.

Renowned as a hugely popular and stunningly beautiful wedding venue, Holman Ranch draws couples from far-flung corners of the world. Once married in Holman Ranch’s rustic yet sophisticated setting, couples invariably recite a long list of accolades. And when asked to name the top reasons for getting married at Holman Ranch, these three lead the way:

  1. The view.  Couples can easily spend a small fortune on wedding-day decor, from fabric to flowers, but nothing can top what Mother Nature provides naturally. Rarely do outdoor weddings offer the beauty and splendor provided by Holman Ranch, nestled in the shadows of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Offering breathtaking vistas from every angle, the ranch provides the ultimate backdrop to any wedding ceremony. After exchanging vows al fresco among the rolling hills dotted with oak trees, couples can sip estate-grown wines in the vineyards and indulge in all the historic ranch has to offer.
  2. Exclusivity. On the most important day of their lives, a bride and groom simply do not want to share the spotlight with anyone else, which is why Holman Ranch only hosts one event at a time. All the focus and attention is put where it belongs — on the happy couple and their guests. There will be no wedding “crashers” from other events on property because Holman Ranch belongs to that couple and that couple only. This exclusivity (weekend dates can book up a year in advance) has led to a resurgence in weekday weddings, where couples can save on the budget and easily secure vendors normally booked on weekends.
  3. Flexibility. At Holman Ranch, couples are allowed to bring in all their own licensed and insured vendors. This is very important to those couples who desperately want to create a personalized, a la carte experience — from the flowers, to the food, to the well-stocked bar. And when it comes to wine, Holman charges no corkage with a minimum wine purchase. So Holman Ranch’s award-winning lineup of wines is available to help please a wide variety of palates. Holman Ranch has also developed a reputation as a safe haven for same-sex couples, and specializes in interfaith ceremonies, off-season weddings and ceremonies of any size and scope.

In the end, Holman Ranch becomes the venue choice of couples from all walks of life because it provides beauty, exclusivity and flexibility. But there are countless other reasons. Find yours by visiting

Best Oscar Fashion for a Rustic Wedding

Last night’s Oscars were full of the typical Hollywood glitz and glamour, but there were also a few looks that we think would be perfect for a rustic wedding here at Holman Ranch.


Kristen Stewart’s gorgeous Reem Acra gown had a wonderful shabby chic edge to it. It combined a vintage, classic cut with a bit of rough ruffles for a beautiful effect.


Another great gown was the Alexander McQueen worn by Amanda Seyfried. Her halter-style dress channeled old Hollywood and art deco beauty.


Of course, it wasn’t just the women who brought out a great vintage style that would be perfect for a wedding. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s tuxedo combined fine details with a classic fitted cut.


Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz both stood out from the crowd in their navy blue tuxedos. This modest change of color can make a big impact for your wedding attire, too.

If you’re looking for a bit of Hollywood-style romance for your wedding, heading north to California’s gorgeous Carmel Valley is the perfect move. Holman Ranch is the ideal backdrop for your romantic California wedding. Get in touch with us today to find out more!

Holman Ranch Hands Brides $500 Wedding Gift

Brides-to-be searching for the perfect venue for their Big Day will have an additional $500 to spend on their dress if they decide to marry here at the exquisite Holman Ranch on a Sunday in June 2013… but only if they book in January 2013!

Book for our special bridal promotion
Book for our special bridal promotion

Our historic ranch, nestling prettily in the hills of the rolling Carmel Valley, is already a popular venue for weddings in California and beyond thanks to its stunning and remote location. But the bonus of a $500 reduction on the location rental fee is expected to boost our prestige among brides even further.


The offer is for a Carpe Diem package – perfect for a one day event such as a wedding or a birthday party.

For further information on this special offer, or to check out other promotions at the Holman Ranch near Carmel please click here.

Booking Early is Best!

When you’re planning a wedding, you’ll have a lot to do. Booking the big things early can make your life much easier as you approach your big day.


Some parts of your wedding will need to be booked at the start of your planning. Having a venue and date worked out is crucial, as you’ll need to give this basic information to your guests. Venues like Holman Ranch can get booked up well in advance, so it’s important to get in touch early to work out a date that we’re available.


When you book a wedding at Holman Ranch, we can help you find other vendors you’ll need to make it the day you’ve been dreaming of. We work with our couples to make the best use of our amazing location, too.

If you’re planning on getting married in 2013, don’t wait any longer to book everything. Get in touch with us today to find out about having a wedding here at the gorgeous Holman Ranch!

Danica and Jon Special Wedding at Holman Ranch

We love sharing the story of some of the couples who get married here at Holman Ranch. Danica and Jon were married on November 25th,  sharing their special day with 100 friends and family members.


Jon and Danica met on a flight from San Jose to Phoenix. They were both on the flight as a connection to other flights, and were traveling on business. Jon was traveling on to Salt Lake City and Danica to Chicago. In the two hours that they sat next to each other on the flight they spoke about everything from family to religion and politics. When they landed they exchanged business cards and, as they say, the rest is history.


For their first date, they went to the Straights restaurant at Santana Row. It was an interesting night, which led to Jon sending an email to Danica apologizing for the babbling idiot and requesting a second chance.


Danica gave him that “second chance,” and the couple continued dating. Jon proposed quietly on November 20 at the Artisan restaurant when they were traveling on a long weekend in Paso Robles.


The couple, who are planning a honeymoon trip to Bora Bora in June, had a truly beautiful wedding day. The beauty of their day, from the weather to the decorations and how much fun everyone had, is what they will never forget about their wedding.

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Danica said, “I really don’t think there is much I would do differently about our wedding. The whole thing just seemed to happen so perfectly.  The one thing I would recommend to all couples, which was said to me, is to make sure you take time to stop and take everything in. There were a couple of times during the wedding where both Jon and I felt as though we were having out of body experiences, because everything seemed so surreal. Take time to enjoy your day.”

IMG_8930Thank you Jon and Danica for sharing your story with us.

If you’d like to know who their fabulous photographer was, it was Faust Photographics.  We love their work.

If you want to plan your own wedding at Holman Ranch, get in touch with us for a tour.

2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

With 2013 just around the corner, it’s worth looking at one of next year’s biggest wedding trends…lace. It looks like lace will be everywhere in 2013.

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Of course, lace has been growing since 2011, when Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown featured those lovely lace sleeves, bodice, and overlay.

It’s also showing up in less traditional ways. It’s always popular in gowns for its subtle femininity, but it’s also great in décor themes. Lace can include all sorts of other designs, with floral motifs being particularly popular.

Lace is a nice touch on invitations and other wedding stationery. A lace design can make an invitation look classy and timeless. It works within most themes, and is particularly suited to the very popular vintage and rustic styles of wedding.

We love it when brides incorporate lace in their wedding at the Holman Ranch because the delicate material always looks stunning in our venue.  So we’re truly looking forward to the 2013 wedding trend popping it’s head up around here.

If you’re still looking for a wedding venue in Carmel Valley, then please come take a look at the Holman Ranch.

How to Choose the Size of Your Wedding Guest List

There are many factors that go into deciding how big or small a wedding you are going to have.

We thought we’d give a quick rundown of the most important things to consider.

  • Your budget: It’s important that you set a budget early in your planning and stick to it.
  • Your family: If you have a big, close-knit family you’ll have a large guest list before you even get to friends.
  • Your personality: If you are both generally laid back people, this should be reflected in your wedding. A smaller event will be more natural for you.

Keep in mind that both big and small weddings can be great events for you and your guests. Whether you are planning an intimate affair or extravagant day with hundreds of guests, we can help you put together the best day possible.

Holman Ranch at the Wedding MBA

We were privileged to attend last week’s Wedding MBA in Las Vegas and – WOW!  We were so inspired by the speakers and seminars dedicated to helping everyone in the wedding industry offer the best service they can.

OK, so it’s easy to get carried away when given a preview of red hot trends in bridal wear, inspirational wedding themes and high end celebrations.  It’s important that we get these things right so that our couples experience with us is top notch.

We also loved the opportunity to network with a myriad of brilliant wedding professionals.  We want the best for our customers so it’s always great to meet new (and sometimes old!) contacts in the industry who can perhaps offer new services to our brides.

Even though we’ve been in this business for some time, we still came away with tons of ideas on creating the perfect wedding for our guests!

We’d love to share what we learned with you.  Why not call us to see how we can make your wedding day extra special?